Serra, a former UFC welterweight champ, says he didn't mean anything personal with his comments, and that his camp generally shows good sportsmanship.
"I heard the thing, and then at first, I was like, ‘Oh, what did [Ray] Longo say?’ Then I was like, ‘Oh man, f***, that was me.’ …None of us saw what happened. We saw [Silva] just drop, and I didn’t see Chris throw strikes," Serra said. "For two months, me and Longo are talking every night, ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he’s going to f*** him. This is where the kid’s going to f*** him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he’s going to f*** the guy.’ This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I’m being honest with you. …As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, f*** him dude. He’s stepping into the cage with you.’"
Serra says he called Silva's manager, Ed Soares, just to clear the air following the fight. He wanted Silva's friends and family to know that his celebratory expletives did not come from a bad place.
"I didn’t see it until the next day on how that thing broke," Serra said of Silva's leg break. "We’re not heartless pricks, we’re not bad sportsmen. He’s got kids, he’s got people who love him. The first thing I did when I knew it was me is I got [Silva’s manager] Ed Soares number, and I gave him a call. If I hurt anybody’s feelings, of course Anderson’s kids, his wife and everything, I do apologize. That definitely did not come out of a bad place or negative place."
Props to Serra for admitting it was him who made the controversial remarks, and for immediately apologizing for it.